Musa Oriental (Ornamental Banana)
$35.51 incl. GST
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- The actual plant may differ as each pot has its own unique natural look and though look identical but never 100% similar to the image pictured here.
- Flowers/Fruits are seasonal and plants may not be with Flowers/Fruits at the time of order/delivery.
- Overall Height APPROXIMATELY 38-40cm
- Dwarf Banana plants are found growing in parts of Asia for mass cultivation and they are sometimes grown as tall specimen plants in gardens at the back of borders to add a touch of the tropics.
- However, as they need significant Winter protection it's relatively uncommon for them to be grown like this by the average gardener.
- It might therefore seem an unlikely houseplant but actually, it's been grown indoors since Victorian times, where they were proudly displayed in their humid, warm, and sunny conservatories.
- Although true Banana plants are far too large for any house, the Dwarf Musa Banana, or Dwarf Cavendish, fits right in.
- They can of course be grown in other rooms of the house, but a conservatory is an ideal situation, often giving humid, bright, and spacious living accommodation which this plant craves and ultimately needs in order to do well.
- These "Dwarfs" can still easily reach 6ft / 2m, so with this in mind a young new plant will live happily on a window ledge for a few years at most but that's it, afterward, space will have run out and you will need somewhere bigger.
- They grow quickly when it's warm, rewarding you with one new leaf every week or so, they look truly stunning and unique all the time, adding a tropical interest to any area.
- If allowed to reach its statuesque proportions, it will dominate in a graceful balanced way that very few houseplants can ever match.
- Bananas will grow in most soils, but to thrive, they should be planted in rich, well-drained soil.
- The best possible location would be above an abandoned compost heap.
- They prefer acid soil with a pH between 5.5 and 6.5.
- The banana is not tolerant of salty soils.
- A banana plant's rapid growth rate makes it a heavy feeder.
- Young plants may need as much as ¼ to ½ pound of fertilizer per month.
- A balanced fertilizer of 8-10-8 (NPK) is recommended.
- Banana plants need plenty of bright light.
- Recommends a south-facing window and a minimum of 4-6 hours of full sunlight per day.
- Bananas need regular watering to sustain the large tropical leaves and produce sweet tasty fruit.
- You should expect to water slowly and deeply every 2 or 3 days during the warmer months.
- A test when to water is when the top 1/2-1 inch of soil is dry.